Addressing Health Disparities
Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Jails
On December 6, 2012, in Washington DC, COCHS, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) and and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invited leaders from public safety, community health, health plans, racial and ethnic advocacy groups, philanthropy, and all levels of government to explore the intersection of health reform and criminal justice.
Racial and ethnic minorities historicallyhave encountered substantial and persistent disparities in healthcare. Given the anticipated growth of minority populations, and the passage of health reform through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010(ACA),it is more importantand more feasiblethan ever to address these disparities.
During the conference attendees, heard and participated in panel discussions organized around four themes: Medicaid expansion, case study of California, experiences from other early adopter states, and envisioning the future.